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REPORT 



OF THE 



Work of the Thirteenth Year 

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Eimciing Sept. lOth, IBQO. 



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Offijccrs of the IVIisslop. 



Board of Trustees. 

Samuel W. Packard, 
B. F. Jacobs, 

D. W. Potter, 

Samuel Pike, 

Dr. S. Leavett, 

Harry Monroe, 

Geo* R. Clarke, 

Sarah D. Clarke. 

GEO. R. CLARKE and WIFE, Founders and Supts. 
HARRY MONROE, Asst. Supt. 

MRS. C. D. MORRIS, Supt. Sunday School. 

MRS. CARLOS SWIFT, vSupt. Bible Class. 




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®^^^ort. 



THIS fourth day of September. 1890, ends the tliirteenth 
year of the work of the 

pacific Gardep jVllsslop. 

The work which was begun thirteen years ago under al- 
most insuperable obstacles- -owing to divers adverse circuni- 
*stances, has steadily advanced in growth and importance to the 
present time. We have had to remove to larger quarters five 
times since then, and if the work still goes on increasing, we 
'*will soon have to move into still more commodious quarters. 

This thirteenth year of the work of the Mission has been 
the best in many respects of all its work in the past. More 
people have been reached with the Gospel, more assistance has 
been given to the poor and sick, and more people have pro- 
■ fessed a desire to be saved from lives of sin. More drunkards 
have been saved, more broken up families have been reunited, 
and more work in visitation to the jail and from house to house 
has been done. 

A kind Providence has watched over us and has kept us in 
good health for the larger part of this time, so that we have not 
lost any time to mention by sickness during this past year. We 
have had strength to be at the work six days in each week and 
for a part of the time seven days in the week, winter and sum- 
mer without any vacation to speak of for years. 



The good Lord has moved the hearts of a generous public 
to contribute fully two-thirds of the entire expenses of the Mis- 
sion in all its departments for this fiscal year, so that with what 
we have been able to contribute we have not seriously suffered 
for funds. It is true a better and more enlarged work could 
have been done with more means with which to carry it on. We 
are profoundly thankful to God and to all those dear firiends 
for their kind and liberal contributions. 

The workers, mostly voluntary, have been very faithful 
and to them we owe under God, the greater part of the success 
of the Mission. We would especially mention in this connec- 
tion the ver}^ able services rendered b}- Mrs. Morris and this 
ladies of the Baptist Ladies Missionary Training School and 
Sewing School; also of Mrs. Carlos Swift, who have had 
the entire care of our Sunday vSchool, held every Saturdaj- 
forenoon. 

Our audiences are ever changing — so many transient peo- 
ple on their way through the city call at the Mission for a 
night or two. The average congregation is made up mostly of 
men, and the large majority, of young men. It consists of la- 
boring men, mechanics, clerks, traveling salesmen and mer- 
chants, in all conditions of life, from the millionaire to the 
lodging house tramp, from the highly respectable to the com- 
mon drunkard or thief. But very few women attend and they 
mostl}- with their husbands. We hold Gospel meetings every 
night in the year, and for four months in the winter, we hold 
four afternoon Gospel meetings in each week; during the sum- 
mer and autumn mouths in clear weather we also hold outdoor 
meetings at the Mission doors, so that we hold several hun- 
dred meetings during the year. 

Mrs. Clarke visits the County Jail from two to three times 
each week and spends several hours on each visit, going from 
cell to cell, talking and reading the Bible, and praying with 
the prisoners. Many of this class have been thus turned from 
a criminal life to lives of honesty and Christianity. She also 
does hoiise to house visitations among the poor and sick, often 
ministering to their physical necessities. 



We have other house to house visitors and our Missionary, 
Mr. Harry Monroe, gives up the larger part of his time when 
not in the meetings leading the Song Service, to looking after 
the sick, attending funerals of the poor and other benevolent 
missions to the poor. Our Sunday School teachers also do 
much house to house visitation looking after the needs of the 
poor children and others. Thus a great and good work of 
benvolence among the poor and working classes is constantly 
carried on by the different workers of this Mission, whose hap- 
py results only eternity will disclose and for which the dear 
Lord must have all the praise. 

This Mission is sadly in need of a building of its own, 
where the work can be prosecuted and enlarged with the 
growth and demands of the city. Efforts will soon be made 
in this direction {D. K), which we hope will eventuate in a 
commodious structure adapted to the needs of this important 
work. 

The statistics of the work done and the financial statement 
of receipts and expenditures will be found on subsequent pages 
of this report. 

In closing may we not again express our warm thanks to 
all of our kind contributors of funds for the Mission and hum- 
bly hope to merit a continuance of their favors — all of which is 
respectfully submitted by the founders. 

GEO. R. and MRS. CLARKE. 



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Tlie Charitable Worl^ of the 
IVIisslop. 

It will be seen b}- the financial report of this Mission on 
another page of this report, that a ver}- important feature of 
the work is in looking after the immediate and pressing wants 
of the poor and sick and aged who are either sent to us bj- the 
police and other persons or who are attracted to the Mission 
for rest and temporary relief, as well as by those who are found 
sick and suffering in the house to house visitation by our Mis 
sionaries. 

This relief consists in giving food, clothing and fuel, in 
free lodgings and in medicines for the sick and often in furnish- 
ing money for rent and part of funeral expenses for their dead, 
and occasionalh' in providing transportation to their friends in 
the countr}-. 

This relief to the poor and the sick and aged is necessitated 
by the fact that some of it would not come under the rules of 
other charitable institutions or by reason of the urgenc}- of the 
cases when immediate help must be had. 

A little timely relief in this direction often prevent the 
county from having the care of paupers and the sick for weeks 
and months. We trust that this feature of the work will com- 
mend itself to the charitable citizens of Chicaeo. 



Clilpese Classes. 

The ladies of the Baptist Ladies Missionary Training School 
are teaching in onr Mission on Snnday afternoon several 
Chinese. They report a good interest and some hopeful 
cases. The pupils nuin])er from twelve to twenty. 



Mrs. Geo. R. Clarke and Mr. Charles Cook are the Prison 
visitors of our Mission, Mrs. Clarke making three visits in the 
afternoon of several hours duration each week and Mr. Cook 
generally a visit each Sunday morning when he is in the city. 
Mrs. Clarke reports from two to three hundred prisoners 
visited by her each week and that she has personal conversa- 
tions with a large number of them. They are constantly com- 
ing and going so that a large number, reaching up into the 
thousands, are told the way of salvation each year, and a large 
number, over a hundred a year, profess to seek salvation in 
Christ and profess a desire to live a good Christian life. She 
also takes with her to prison a large amount of reading matter, 
and tracts and testaments, amounting in all to about a ton's 
weight in a year, which she distributes among the prisoners. 
This reading matter is mostly of a religious and moral charac- 
ter. Extracts from the many letters received by her from 
converted prisoners are very gratifying. Several ex-convicts 
converted under tier ministrations in the County Jail in past 
years, and now, after serving out their various terms of impri- 
sonment occupy lucrative and profitable places in business 
houses in this city, and are honored and beloved by their em- 
plo3'ers. Pray for God's blessing upon our Mission work. 



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J^yoe^ Sewlpg School - 

This very flourishing branch of our work is also under the 
exclusive care and control of the ladies of the Baptist Mission- 
ary^ Training School. It numbers on the rolls nearly two hun- 
dred names and has an average attendance of considerably over 
a hundred. It meets every Saturday forenoon. These little 
girls are taught plain sewing, etc. , and how to be helpful to 
themselves and to their parents at home. Besides they are 
happily brought under refining and Christian influences, which 
will tell all through their lives for good. 



Our IBible School 

Is under the very able superintendency of Mrs Rev. Carlos 
Swift, who is an able and skillful teacher, and whose whole 
heart is in the work. She has succeeded in getting many of 
the converts of the Mission deeply interested in the word of 
God. Under her management the class is growing so large 
that even now we feel the need of a large room. She also acted 
as superintendent during the absence of Mrs. Morris. 



Our Supday School. 

The Pacific Garden Mission Sunday School, under the 
superintendency of Mrs. Morris and her very efficient corps of 
teachers of the Baptist Ladies Missionary Training School, is 
in a very healthful and flourishing condition, as will be seen 
by the report on another page. It is not a large school, (the 
room not admitting of a large school), but it is one of the best 
taught schools in the city. It is wonderful what an improve- 
ment has been made in the lives and deportment of these little 
street children since these dear Christian ladies of the Training 
School have taken our school under their charge. What were 
once rough boys and girls, are now for the most part, well be- 



liaved children, and many of them we trust have been truly con- 
verted and throu.e^h them and the other a<;cncies of the Mission 
some ot thefr parents have been brought to Christ. Praj- for 
our Sunday School. 



Gyifne Pi^eveptiing Ag^pcy of the 
IVIIsslop. 

It is v/ell known to those that are familiar with the work 
of the Mission that much crime is prevented from being com- 
mitted b}' the agency of this Mission. Situated as it is in the 
threshold of a portion of the city where the criminal classes 
resort nightly. Many of these crocked people are attracted by 
the music in the Mission, and while there tliej- hear things 
which induces them to abandon their criminal life, and to give 
up the preying upon the property of others. Besides this, is 
the fact that many of the prisoners in the Cook Count}' Jail are 
converted and induced to lead a life of integrity when they 
come out of prison, by the labors of Mrs. Clarke and others of 
our Mission. Some of these once criminals are now respecta- 
ble, honest citizens, living good Christian lives, and are trusted 
and beloved by their emploj-ers, who know all about their past 
lives. We trust that this phase of our Mission work will com- 
mend itself to the favorable judgment of our business men. 




perr^apept Quarters of the 
l^lsslop. 

The lease of the present Mission rooms expiring in a little 
over a year without the possibility of getting the lease extended, 
necessitates the making provision for a permanent home for 
the Mission. We have moved the Mission five times since it 
was organized, thirteen years ago. This frequent moving is 
detrimental to the best interests of the work. We have long 
felt the need of a permanent home for the Mission; one adapted 
to its various branches of work, and with such a building, we 
feel assured that a much greater and better work could be ac- 
complished. 

We have found a location on Clark Street at the same 
place where we begun in a little room of what was then a flour 
and feed mill, thirteen years ago, under so many discouraging 
circumstances. This building and lot is 50 by 100 feet to an 
alley, and is five stories high. The walls are strong, but the 
whole building would have to be remodeled inside to adapt it 
to the needs of the Mission. This could be done and the pro- 
perty purchased for one hundred and twenty thousand dollars. 
After the building was purchased and completed enough of it 
could be rented for business purposes to pay all the running 
expenses of the Mission. This would place the Mission on a 
sure foundation for support ever after, independent of the con- 
tributions of the public, and would also make it the promoter 
of other Mission enterprises. 

The founders of the Mission will be able within a year or 
two to furnish one-half of this sum by the disposal of their pro- 
perty and home in Morgan Park, and the appreciative public 
are kindly asked to subscribe the other half. A Board of 
Trustees has been selected and have consented to act as such, 
to incorporate the Mission, and to hold the property in trust 
for the use and benefits of the Mission with their successors in 
trust forever. 

This Board of Trustees so selected, consist of the following 

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well known Chicago citizens, viz: 
Samuel W. Packard, Esq., 
D. W. Potter, Esq., 
Samuel Pike, Esq., 

Dr. S. Leavitt, Esq., 
Harry Monroe, 
Geo. R. Clarke, Esq., and Mrs. Sarah D. Clarke, 

Founders of the Mission. 

In order to purchase the property and to put the building 
in the proper condition for the work of the Mission, it is pro- 
posed that the Board of Trustees issue Bonds redeemable in 
five years, at their option, bearing five per cent semi-annual 
interest, secured by trust deed on the property purchased. 
The interest on these bonds will be guaranteed by the founders 
of the Mission, who will also redeem one-half of the Bonds for 
the benefit of the Mission, out of their own private means, with- 
in the five j^ears option. 

These bonds will be of the denomination of |5100.00 each, 
thus placing them within the reach of almost any friend of the 
Mission. 

The Trustees of the Mission solicit the subscriptions to 
this fund, application for which can be made to any one of the 
members of the Board of Trustees. 



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F'ipapces of the |Viiss1op- 

These are supplied iu a large part b}- the voluntary of- 
ferings of our liberal miuded Christians and. citizens, but a large 
sum is still furnished by the founders of the Mission, who have 
labored in the Mission over three hundred nights and all day 
on Sunday each year for thirteen years, without any salary or 
pay whatever, save what the dear Lord gives tliem in the con- 
sciousness of thus being helpful to others, and in the peace and 
happiness which conies from their labor of love to the poor 
and suffering. The report of receipts and expenditures will be 
found on other pages of this report. 

^uy heartfelt thapks 

are due to these generous donors and also to the man}- donors of 
Clothes, Papers, Tracts, Bibles, etc., which we have distributed 
among the need}-. Our prayers are ever offered for God's 
richest blessings upon them. 



IDopatlops ©their thap ip IVIopey. 

We are greatly indebted to many liberal minded people for 
donations of secondhand clothing for men and women, which 
Mrs. Clarke has judiciously distributed to the poor and need}'-, 
and which has enabled the recipients to obtain employment and 
to be comfortable and cleanly, which could not have been the 
case had there been no such means of help. Also for tracts 
and papers and books for distribution in the jail and to the poor 
at the door of the Mission by Mrs. Clarke. And to all those 
kind friends we extend our warmest thanks. 



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Copverts of the IVIIsslop. 

We are often asked what becomes of the converts of the 
Mission. We will answer the question to the best of our abil- 
ity. First; many, the the larger part of them, are transient 
people, only remaining in the city for a few days, and leave 
for other parts soon after they are converted. We often hear 
from these by letter and otherwise. Another part of them re- 
maining in the city, unite with the various churches, and some 
remain in the cit}- without uniting with any chuich because 
they were born of Catholic parents. Perhaps it is safe to say 
that over one-half of our audiences on any given week are 
composed of strangers in the city, coming from hotels vessels- 
raihoad depots. Stock Yards, and from homes of friends. 



Tiurnbey of IVIeetlpgs field. 

Total number of meetings held during the year ending Sept. 
10th 1890. 

Gospel meetings in doors 475 

Gospel meetings out doors 81 

Sunday School and Bible class and Chuese classes . 52 

Free sewing school 52 

Total number of meetings 660 

• 

Total attendance in doors for the year ending Sept. 10, 1890. 

Gospel meetings in doors 93,548 

Gospel meetings out doors 12,150 

Total number of meetings . ... 105,698 

Total in Sunday School for the year ending Sept. 
10, 1890 .... T^ 6,499 

Total in sewing school 4,823 

Grand total attendance for the year 117,020 

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Hxpepses. 

Expenses of the Mission for the year ending Septenber 10, 
1890. 

Salaries — Asst. Superintendent, Organists, Evangelists, 

Janitor and Sunday School |2,390 87 

Rent of Rooms for Mission . 2,00000 

Free meals, lodging, help to poor and sick and aid in 

funeral expenses 1,088 44 

Electric lights and gas 436 45 

Miscellaneous expenses, such as cartage, chairs, re- 
pairs, postage and car fare for sick, etc .... 100 00 

Printing bill for cards, song sheets. Mission reports, 

etc 304 45 

Coal for the Mission and the poor 97 53 

Total |6,417 74 



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Fipapclal. 

The financial means with which to carry on the Mission 
during September 10, 1890, has been received from the follow- 
ing persons and sources. 



Ayers, Ed E S 

Ayers, Mrs Mark 

Adams, D V 

Atwater, John T 

Arronsmith, J W 

Aliny, Mrs 



Brown, Thos 

Beard & Bradley . . 

Bryant, H B 

Bryant, J B 

Bunda, Mrs M W . . 

Brown, J W 

Burwell, M J . . 
Brother in the Lord . 
Bishop, Louis .... 
Bendict, Mrs .... 
Ball, Mrs ST ... 
Boyington, Mrs . . . 
Bissel, Geo F . . . . 

Barker, J.N 

Bacon, H M . . . . 
Brother in Christ . . 
Brown, Lawrance . . 
Buck, Albert . . . . 
Baldwin, ME.... 

Bliss. E W 

Brown, W 

Bliss, H C & W J . . 
Barrows, Rey J H . . 



lOO oo 
10 oo 

ID OO 

500 

5 00 

1 50 



10 00 
5 00 
2 00 

1 75 
500 

7500 
5 00 

2 00 
500 
500 

10 00 
2 00 
5 00 
500 

10 00 
7 00 

10 00 
I 40 
650 
5 00 
I 00 

16 00 
500 



Collections Mission Herald, 
Cass, W L 



Cong-t. Ch. Eldorado, Iowa 

Clarke, B F 

Clarke, Geo R 

Cook, Chas. collections of . 



Dinning, Wm . . 
Dinnin.g, Mrs Wm 
Dryer, Miss F" . . 
Dodge, G E. P . 
Douglas, A P . . . 
Degoliar, WD.. 
Dunn, J M ... 



Erskin, L R . . . 
Excell, E O . . . 
Eberhardt, John 



Farwell, J V and Co . 

Friend 

Fay, J Ed 

Freeman, Thos . . . 

Eraser, W'm 

Friend 

Friend 

Friend (Mrs. G S) . . 
Eraser and Chalmers 
Fayorite, C N . . . . 



$ 16 60 

ID 00 
II 22 
50 00 
2I5I 16 
80 00 



100 00 
8500 
2500 
5000 

14 00 

10 00 
I 00 



3500 

15 00 

500 



50 00 

I 00 

5 00 

10 00 

10 00 

480 

500 

5 00 

2500 

10 00 



Car.son, Pierie & Scott . . 20000 
Conyerts of Mission, re- 
turned loans 38 75 

Coyil EC 5 00 

Convention Morris, 111- . . 5 22 

Congt Ch. Union Meeting ) 

W^heaton 111 j 4i 19 

Colkins, Rey J C 25 00 

Congt. Church ist Chicago 133 01 

Congt. Church collection . 13 10 

Cunningham, John .... i 00 

Carpenter, Mrs EC.... 3 00 

Carter, C S 10 00 

Chandler and Son 10 00 

Chicago Forge and Bolt Co. 25 00 



Green, OB: 

Gage, L J 

Gurley. Mrs L, E 

Garrettson, R and Sister 

H 



Hinkley, ST. 
Hand, Herman . . 

Holt. D R 

Hctrick, AW.. 
Hubbard. Mrs G S . 
Hubbard, Mrs M A 
Hvde Bro 



100 00 

25 00 

5 00 

4 00 



170 00 
15 00 ■ 
10 00 
I 00 
25 00 
10 00 
5 00 



FINANCIAL— Continued. 



Houghton, Sister . 
Hutchinson, CE . . 
Hofiman, GW . . 
Hale, Mrs O J . . 
Harris, N W . . . . 
Henderson, CM., 
Hibbard, Spencer, 
and Co ... . 



Bartlett 



I 

Ives, S W and wife . . 
J 



Jacobs, B F 

Jacobs, W B 

Johnson, J H . . . . 
Jack (the sailor) . . . 
Japp, Master Earnest 
Johnson, Martin . . 



Kenwood Evangl. Church 

Collection 

Kaj^ James ..."■■ 
Kellogg, Mrs L G's son 
Keen. Miss Aglee . . . 
Knight, Rev M G . . 

King, H W 

Kellogg, H L and N E 



Ivcavitt, Dr S 

Laniereaux,Mr and Mrs . 
lyamereaux's Bro. -in-law 

lyoeb and Bro 

Lathrop, Bryan 

Leiter, L Z 



M 



Muirhead, J. C 

Mellor, J H 

Miner, Bro 

McCortnick Seminary . 
McDonald, David . . . 
Pr F H Rivell .... 

Middler, WD 

McWilliams, S . . . . 
Mackley, Ailing and Co 



Oviatt, Frank 
Osborn, H S . 



10 DO 

lOO GO 

10 00 

to OO 

10 00 
25 00 

100 00 



500 



100 00 
10 00 

20 00 
500 
I 00 
500 



134 21 

5 00 

20 00 

5000 

10 00 

2 00 



7500 

30 00 

500 

I 00 

• 500 

100 00 



I 50 
500 

10 00 
544 

10 00 

10 00 

500 

2500 



I 00 
2500 



Pitkin and Brooks .... 

Patterson, Rev A 

Pollock, Mrs S 

Payne. Mr. and Mrs C M . 

Pike, Samuel 

Feabody, FA 

Purington, D V . , 

Pacific Garden 

Mission S School 

Pacific Garden Mission . . 
Collection fi^r the year . . 



Second Presb.Ch. Collection 
Swing, Prof. Da\'id .... 
Swift, Bro. and Sister C . . 

Simmons, Chas E 

Sprague, Warner and Co . 
Shute, Mrs and Thaw . . . 
Pr. (Miss E Dryer) .... 

Strain, Wm 

Stranger . 

Springer, GeoA 

Stranger 

Storg, CW 

Sister in Christ 

Silver, C P 



Trasler, V J . . 
Torry, Rev R A 



u 



Union Bethaney Church W 

Heights 

Union meetingMorganPark 



Vosburg, Mrs M S 
Vanarsdale, W A . 



W 



Walker, Geo C . 
Whitmore, F E •. 
Weil, Jacob . . . 
Wells, Mrs S R . . 
Wheeler, C G . . 
Wilson Bros . . . 
Webster, J K . . 
Willard, Dr. D . . 
Willson, S P . . 
Warrell, Rev E R 
Willard. Henry . 



2500 
5 00 

1 00 

2 00 
100 00 

500 
10 00 

5 00 
677 33 



8975 
25 00 

14 00 
2500 
2500 

15 00 

5 00 
20 00 
25 00 

500 
10 00 

5 00 

500 



10 00 
s 00 



20 00 

781 



I 50 
3 00 



40 00 

2500 

2 00 

5 00 

10 00 

10 00 

10 00 

5 00 

500 

I 00 

I 00 



Packard, S W 
Potter, D W . 



175 00 
25 00 



Yerkes, C T 



Total Contributions of , 



15 00 



6,417 74 



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L.ETTEFS FFOIVI GOISJVEPTS. 



The following are sample extracts from a few of the many 
letters we are constantly receiving from those who have been 
benefitted by the Missian. The first two are extracts from 
letters received from the Penitentiary of those who were con- 
verted while in jail. 



Mrs. Clarkf:. 
My kind christian friend. — I have another opportunity of writing you and 
if I could write everyday I could not begin to tell you half the bles.sing.s 
my heavenly Father is showering upon His erring child, of the sweet com- 
fort and consolation that comes to me by trusting in His word. This proves 
that when I was steeped in sin and iniquity that He loved me, and .since I 
have given up my whole being to Him, he has taken awaj- all desire for 
sin and put love in my heart for all His people, and a new song in my 
mouth, even praises to His name ; all this ha.s been done for me while shut 
away from all my kindred upon earth. He came to me in my disgrace and 
shame, saught me when all earthly friends had turned from me (and justly 
too.) It was there that our loviug saviour whispered words of comfort and 
peace to my troubled soul, I feel since I began this new life, that I have just 
commenced to live, and truly a prison, can a pallace prove to those who 
are trusting in His love. 



A Letter from Another. 

• 

Dear Mrs. Clarke. — T receive your kind and alwajs welcome letter. 
It came to me like a beautiful rain upoii a parched desert to a weary traveler. 
I am glad to tell you that I am still serving God in my humble way, and as 
my incarceration is drawing to a close, I become more firm in my resolve 
to sev\e Him the remainder of my life and in whatever sphere I may be 
placed to be a useful instrument in mj' masters vinj'ard. Sister Clarke! I 
must tell jou the good news : even in prison I have been the means of sav- 
ing one .soul for the master. I tell j'ou this not to boast of what I have done, 
but just to show what the grace of God can do. When I think how I have 
been changed from a wicked a. id desperate nature to a God-fearing, God- 
loving nature, and then to be made an instrument in His hands of reaching 
another soul. I feel like praising Him with all my heart. 

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The writer of this letter was converted in the mission a few- 
years ago. He has died and gone home since this letter was 
written. He died in the triumphs of christian faith. 



Chicagfo, May 21, I890. 

Dear Col. — I write these few lines to let you know that I was admitted 
to the Home for Incurables on the 15th. inst., after my arrival I was most 
agreeably surprised to find this a most beautiful place. I will always re- 
member you for j'our great kindness in helping me to get admitted to this 
good home, and I trust 'that God in his goodness will grant you a rich 
reward for the great good you are doing irom day to day in bringing sin- 
ners to our Saviour and showing them the way which leads them to ever- 
lasting happiness, also for helping the poor and afflicted. I feel happy and 
contented and look dailj' to the Lord for help, so that I may be able to li%'e 
pleasing in his sight. I will write again to you dear Col before very long, 
and I hope this letter will find j^ou in good health. I send my ver\' best 
regards to Harrj'. I conclude for the present. 

I remain your Brother in Christ, 

James Wilson, 

Home for Incurables, 55th St. and Ellis Ave.. Chicago. 



The next two letters were written to Bro. Harry Monroe 
bv converts of the P. G. Mission. 



Minneapolis, Sept. i, 1890. 
Beloved Brother in Christ:— I suppose that by this time you think I have 
entirelj^ forgotten you, put such is not the case, although haxdng a personal 
dislike for the cit}' of Chicago, I shall always carry around with me pleas- 
ant recollections of your city, foremost of which will be the happy evenings 
I spent in your mission. I feel like praising God all the time for his good- 
ness and mercy unto me. And for putting it into the hearts of such good 
people as Brother and Sister Clarke and yourself, to carry on a missionwhere 
the very lowest man may become a sober, industrious God-fearing man. 
I am now in the charge of the Non-Partisan W. C. T. U. Reading rooms 
here, and I am also an active member of the Non-Partisan Gospel Temper- 
ance Club. The Union and Club work together are doing a noble 
work in rescueing the fallen and helping to stay the intemperance sweep- 
over o\ir fair laud. 

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Washingtonian Home, Oct. ii, 1889. 

My dear friend and brother.— Your very welcome and cheerful letter 
came to hand last evening, for which please accept my sincerer thanks. 
Such letters as yours comes to a wanderer like me (who has sat in darkness 
so long) like a brotherly influence, and is a convincing proof that there is a 
blessed hope of restoration to society, and to have dear ones more happy 
that have long since regarded me as lost forever. My short experience in this 
new life and observation inthe past teaches me that inebriates suffer more 
from utter hopelessness than from any other cause. They think there is no use 
of trying to be better; decent society has thrown them over board, they 
have lost their business and everything looks dreary, and the question 
which presented itself to me was: How can I make a fresh start ? In answer 
to this, I have resolved to make this effort in God's great name and I fear 
not, but what I shall receive exactly the kind of help I need. The pledge 
I have taken this time is not one of my own devising but is signed I hope, 
where only God is present, away down in the depths of my soul. Oh! 
Friend Harrj', I do want to prove stead fast, pray for me that I may lean 
on the strong arm of God (who alone can save me) until the end. 

Remember me kindly to Col. and Mrs. Clarke. 

Yours in gratitude and prayer. 

NOTE. — The writer of the above has been restored to his family and 
has a happy home of his own and a fine lucrative business as a lawver. 



Dear Col. — For months and months I have been tired, so tired of life 
that I have not cared much what became of me, but your talk with me the 
other morning placed the matter before me in its most serious aspects. I 
have made up my mind to go to God and humble myself before him. I re- 
alize that mine has been a dual life — a life of deception — and it would be a 
crime against the wife and babies whom I love to continue in sin. I do not 
know how you will ever be repaid for interesting yourself in me when I 
seemed lost, irrevocably lost, almost. I cannot conceive how lever lapsed 
and fell to such a depth. I had a Christian bringing up, and my folks to- 
day are all members of the church in good standing. I believe that the 
years I spent on the road before being married robbed me of my manhood. 
At an}^ rate, I am resolved to begin a new and sustain a good name, which 
at one time was not questioned. I shall be much helped if I can see and 
talk with you or someone who lives a godly life, in the meantime, I am 
strong and will resist evil with my whole heart. Your friend. 

The writer of this letter was a backslider. 

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The writer of this letter is an evangelist and a successful 
Christian worker. He was converted in the Mission 12 years 
asfo. 



Toledo, O., Aug. 28, 1S90. 
My dear Col. — I do not know but j^ou will think that I have forgotten 
you, but that is not so. For almost every morning at our family alter, we 
pra3^ for God's blessing, upon j'ou both and for the work at the dear old 
Mission ; this summer has been one long to be remembered by me, for 
dear brother it has been full of the most bitter disappointments, of all of my 
life ; and yet we are told that all things work together for good, etc. (Roms. 
8-28) and I do believe it with all of my heart, for as I sit here this morning 
and look back over the last twelve years of iny life I cannot but say "surely 
goodness and merc}' has followed me all the daj^s of m}- life" (Ps. 23-6), and 
while I have made many crooked path's during my christian life, I can say 
truely it is well with my soul I am in charge of the Gospel Tent, here in 
Toledo, it is a work that was started by a very nice young man, a student at 
Oberlin, he was supported by the pastors of this city, but he went away on 
the 7th of this month, and the v/ork was put into my hands; God is with 
us, and souls are being saved. I have had the Tent, this is the third week , 
and over fiftj- have professed to have found peace with God and forgiveness. 
Maj^ our Father in heaven keep us all faithful and true until He shall 
say "it is enough, come home" is the prayer of your humble brother in which 
my wife joins. Yours for Christ and souls. 




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T?epo|'t of Supday ScViool. 

I find the aggregate attendance of our Sunday School from 
September 8 to June 22, is 5,499, an average of 130 13-14. The 
total in Chinese class is 164, an agerage of 4^. This class was 
started October 20th. There have been a number of conver- 
sions among those visited on our field. Our young ladies have 
assisted in securing homes for some children, and they have 
helped in burying the dead. We attended alone, the funeral 
of one little Chinese child — I mean we had no pastor with us — 
the parents choosing to have only the teachers. 

Very hastily yours, 

Mrs. C. D. Morris. 



Ackpov\^1edg|nept. 

We are greatly indebted to Mr. Florance McCarty for the 
many Scripture texts painted upon the walls of the Mission, 
the expense of which was kindlj^ borne by him. 



Eyyatai 



After Training School on the 4th page, read as follows: 
"Who have had the entire care of our Sunday School and 

Sewing School, held every Saturday forenoon, and also of Mrs. 

Carlos Swift, wh^o has had charge of our Bible class. 



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REGULAR LEADERS OF MEETINGS. 

Geo. R. Clarke, Chas. Cook, Rev. Carlos Swift. 

Geo. E. Wilson, Harry Monroe. 

Gospel Meetings are held ever}" night in the ^^ear, and on 
Sunday forenoon. 

During the cold weather Gospel meetings are held on four 
afternoons of each week in the day time, and outdoor meetings 
every night from June to Semptember, usually. 



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The Founders and Brother Harry Monroe of the Mission 
have been present at all the meetings, with but rare exceptions, 
six nights each week during the whole year. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
MR. and MRS. GEO. R. CLARKE, 

Founders of the Mission. 



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